for cleanup towards reopening
Old boys have returned to St Stephen's School at Bombay in an emotional step towards reopening the historic school next year.
The school, which educated generations of Māori leaders from 1844 until it closed in 2000, has become derelict and was used as target practice by the army, police and Fire Service for three years up to 2009.
Old Boys' Association chairman Joe Harawira, who led 40 old boys back to the school for a working bee on February 27, said the return was "a powerful experience".
"There were smashed windows and graffiti and it looked like people have been living up there every now and then," he said.
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